Matthew has been actively engaged in the intersection of religion and politics throughout his entire life. Raised in the United Church of Christ, he became deeply interested in Biblical studied during his adolescence, when his mother received the call and entered seminary to become a full-time minister.
At Oberlin College, Matthew was a Capstone Scholar of Religion, with a focus on Biblical studies and early Christian thought. He also studied Law & Society and Politics, seeking to understand the way people's faith and values affected their personal politics and voting behavior. At American University, Matthew received his Master's degree in Political Science with a concentration in Applied Politics, continuing his mission of understanding the relationship between values and civics generally, with special attention to the intersection of faith and political attitudes.